Inshore Rescue Boat Service Student Program

The CCG hires and trains students each summer to become members of an IRB Crew. Students will be trained in Search and Rescue (SAR) operations by CCG regional staff and following successful completion of training, will be assigned as Crew Members to IRB stations. Normally, each station is staffed with two teams of three persons, one Coxswain and two Crew Members.

To apply to the IRB Service, you must be a full-time post secondary student in an accredited institution and be returning to full-time studies in your next academic term. These are the eligibility criteria set out by the FSWEP.

Students who wish to apply as “crew” for the IRB Service MUST meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold a valid VHF Digital Selective Call (DSC) Restricted Maritime Radio Operator's Certificate
  2. Hold a valid Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) LEVEL C
  3. Hold a valid standard First-Aid Certificate
  4. Hold a valid Pleasure Craft Operator Card
  5. Hold a valid Canadian driver’s license; the licence must be in good standing, with no restrictions on the use of a motor vehicle. This condition of employment is required for all positions across Canada.

All candidates must hold a VHF Digital Selective Call (DSC) Restricted Maritime Radio Operator's Certificate at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the Inshore Rescue Boat training. (Please refer to the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons for more information)

As a condition of employment candidates must also pass the following mandatory requirements:

  • successfully pass a Health Canada physical exam and a hearing exam (Health Evaluation Schedule)
    • All seagoing personnel must successfully obtain medical clearance. Successful candidates of the IRB crew selection process will undergo a Pre-placement Health Evaluation which is administered by Health Canada. The Category 3 health evaluation for seagoing personnel consists of a confidential health questionnaire completed by the candidate together with a physician and followed by a full clinical history and physical examination by the physician. The occupational health nurse or other appropriate licensed health care professional is usually responsible for the administration of tests. This includes tests for vision, colour vision, hearing, and pulmonary function.
  • meet the necessary security standard (National Security Investigation).
 

Statement of merit criteria

Inshore Rescue Boat crew member

Inshore Rescue Boat Crew Member

Statement of Merit Criteria

Fisheries and Oceans Canada / Canadian Coast Guard
Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) Service

Essential qualifications

Candidate must be a full-time post secondary student in an accredited post secondary institution and be returning to full-time studies next academic term.

Certificates

  • Hold a valid CPR Level C
  • Hold a valid standard First-Aid Certificate
  • Hold a valid Pleasure Craft Operator Card
  • Hold a valid VHF DSC Radio Operator’s Certificate

Knowledge

General knowledge of the work performed by the Inshore Rescue Boat service

General knowledge of marine safety

Skills

Ability to work in a team

Personal Suitability

Judgement
Reliability
Initiative

Official language proficiency

English essential in all regions excluding Quebec region where French is essential.

Asset Qualifications

Additional or compensatory training in small vessel operations/basic navigation

Additional or compensatory medical/first aid training

Conditions of Employment

Candidate must successfully obtain a Health Canada medical clearance which includes a physical examination, hearing test, and color-vision examination.

Candidate must successfully obtain a Government of Canada issued reliability security clearance.

Candidate must successfully complete a 16-day training course beginning in May that includes Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) Training, Rigid Hull Inflatable Operator Training (RHIOT) and First Aid training in order to be considered for further employment in the Inshore Rescue Boat Service.

Candidate must wear the provided Canadian Coast guard uniform (provided) to Canadian Coast Guard uniform standards.

Candidate must wear the required personal protective equipment (provided) when in the operational field and adhere to the Inshore Rescue Boat Operational Standing Orders and Standard Operating Procedures.

Candidate must be willing to work extra hours sometimes with little notice.

New Students

May have to serve as a replacement in neighbouring territories.

Returning Students

Must be available to work in the regions assigned by the employer; and must be willing to be posted to any Inshore Rescue Boat station. The CCG reserves the right to post returning Inshore Rescue Boat students to any Inshore Rescue Boat station in their assigned region according to operational needs of the Inshore Rescue Boat Service.

Coxswain

Coxswain

Statement of Merit Criteria

Fisheries and Oceans Canada / Canadian Coast Guard
Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) Service

Essential qualifications

Candidate must be a full-time post secondary student in an accredited post secondary institution and be returning to full-time studies next academic term.

Certificates

  • Hold a valid CPR Level C
  • Hold a valid standard First-Aid Certificate
  • Hold a valid Pleasure Craft Operator Card
  • Hold a valid VHF DSC Radio Operator’s Certificate

Knowledge

General knowledge of the work performed by the Inshore Rescue Boat service

General knowledge of marine safety

General knowledge of the rules, regulations and laws relating to small vessel operations.

General knowledge of seamanship and boating skills

Skills

Ability to work in a team

Ability to communicate orally with the public

Ability to communicate effectively in writing

Ability to provide marine rescue services

Personal Suitability
 
Judgement
Reliability
Initiative

Official language proficiency

English essential in all regions excluding Quebec region where French is essential.

Asset Qualifications

Additional or compensatory training in small vessel operations/basic navigation

Additional or compensatory medical/first aid training

Experience in small vessel practical navigation or seamanship

Extra-curricular experience in organized sports, clubs, teams, volunteer organization, or similar groups

Conditions of Employment

Candidate must successfully obtain a Health Canada medical clearance which includes a physical examination, hearing test, and color-vision examination.

Candidate must successfully obtain a Government of Canada issued reliability security clearance.

Candidate must successfully complete a 16-day training course beginning in May that includes Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) Training, Rigid Hull Inflatable Operator Training (RHIOT) and First Aid training in order to be considered for further employment in the Inshore Rescue Boat Service.

Candidate must wear the provided Canadian Coast guard uniform (provided) to Canadian Coast Guard uniform standards.

Candidate must wear the required personal protective equipment (provided) when in the operational field and adhere to the Inshore Rescue Boat Operational Standing Orders and Standard Operating Procedures.

Candidate must be willing to work extra hours sometimes with little notice.

New Students

May have to serve as a replacement in neighbouring territories.

Returning Students

Must be available to work in the regions assigned by the employer; and must be willing to be posted to any Inshore Rescue Boat station. The CCG reserves the right to post returning Inshore Rescue Boat students to any Inshore Rescue Boat station in their assigned region according to operational needs of the Inshore Rescue Boat Service.

If chosen for Coxswain, require a minimum of 2 years experience in Inshore Rescue Boat operations.

As a Rescue Specialist, Coxswains must be RHIOT certified.

Note:

Candidates must be fluent in French to work in the Quebec region and fluent in English to work in all other regions.

Apply online

Applications for the Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) Service are done online through the Federal Student Work Experience Program.

The deadline is January 17, 2017

Apply online

 
 
Two vessels with crew members aboard in a boat handling exercise in Lake Ontario as part of the Inshore rescue boat service
Two vessels with crew members aboard in a boat handling exercise in Lake Ontario as part of the Inshore rescue boat service
Two vessels with crew members aboard in a boat handling exercise in Lake Ontario as part of the Inshore rescue boat service